The Modern Woman at Vancouver Art Gallery

May 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

Edgar Degas, Standing Nude with Left Leg Raised,
Foot Resting on a Base, 1882-85
charcoal and pastel, squared, on blue vellum

The first drawing exhibition ever to travel from the Musée d’Orsay will bring works from the world’s finest collection of 19th-century French art to the Vancouver Art Gallery starting June 5. Presented are nearly 100 works by French artists such as  Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Pissaro, Renoir, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat and others.  That’s an unique opportunity to see this amazing collection of works without hoping on a plane.

“What came together when selecting these drawings with Isabelle Julia (curator of the show) was how intimately and vividly the artists captured the complexity of the Belle Époque and the women who inhabited it,” said Thomas Padon, one of the exhibition’s three commissioners.

The exhibition hits town in time for Drawn, Vancouver’s drawing festival that opens its vast schedule of events July 17.

Camille Pissarro – Group of Bathers at Water’s Edge, 1894-96
gouache and pencil on silk with paper backing

Georges Seurat, The Black Bow, ca 1882, Conté crayon on paper

Edouard Manet, Portrait of Nina Villard (Madame Callias), 1873-74
gouache heightened with leadpoint on wood

Portraits of Frida

October 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

Portraits of an Icon
Photo by Nickolas Muray Frida Kahlo on White Bench #30, 1938

Frida Kahlo is known for her self portraits. The San Jose Museum of Art is giving us the rare chance of seeing other views of her, through the eyes of renowned photographers in about fifty images. Frida Kahlo – Portraits of an Icon shows the artist carefully constructed self image, but also more private moments – in her bedroom, hospital room, studio, and garden.

Who’s Afraid of Lucien Freud?

October 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

Girl in a Blanket, painted in 1952

Girl in a Blanket, 1952, oil on canvas

If you browse through Lucien Freud’s early works being shown at Hazlitt Holland-Hibber Gallery until December 12, you can be delightfully surprised by some very delicate and sensitive portraits. The word “disturbing” never comes to mind.  Girl in a Blanket is a portrait of Henrietta Moraes, Freud’s lover (Francis Bacon also painted Henrietta in the same period.) You can’t imagine her destroying the painting because she didn’t like how her chin looked – like happened last August in London with another one of his models.

Felt Tip Pin-Ups

September 19, 2008 § 2 Comments

'Red Felt Tip Girl' by Lucie Bennett

Pin-ups, fairies, nymphets, sirens. Lucie Bennett‘s work investigates the female imagery and achetypes. Very airy and sexy.

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